Farmers Market Promotion Program
To increase domestic consumption of and access to locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets, by developing, improving, expanding, and providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to, or assisting in the development, improvement, and expansion of domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agri-tourism activities and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Section 5 of the Farmer-to-Consumer Direct Marketing Act of 1976, Public Law 94-463, as amended by Section 10003 of the Agricultural Act of 2014, Public Law 113-79., Public Law 113-79
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Agricultural cooperatives, local governments, nonprofit corporations, producer networks, producer associations, community supported agriculture networks, community supported agriculture associations, public benefit corporations, economic development corporations, regional farmers market authorities, and Tribal governments. Projects and applicants must be owned, operated, and located within the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories (American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands.
Projects that benefit producers, direct marketing enterprises, and consumers.
A grant agreement is entered into between the administering Federal agency and the State agency that submits the application. OMB Guidance for Grants Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards at 2 CFR part 200 and 2 CFR 400 applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. OMB Guidance for Grants Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards at 2 CFR part 200 and 2 CFR 400 applies to this program. Applicants must submit forms SF-424, and SF-424B, an eligibility statement, written proof of eligibility, critical resources and infrastructure documentation, a narrative description of the proposal; a supplemental budget summary, and any supporting documents. Letters of commitment may be required as applicable.
The requests are reviewed and approved or disapproved by the Agricultural Marketing Service in competition with other applications received. Recipients are notified of the amount awarded by email. Grant payments are made by electronic fund transfer.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Annual application deadlines are posted in Grants.gov and on the program's website at https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/fmpp . Funds are awarded by September 30 of each federal fiscal year.
Awards are generally for three years. Additional time to complete the project may be requested.
How are proposals selected?
Project selection is based on several factors, including how well the proposed project will accomplish the Program objectives, quality of proposal, and impact on project beneficiaries. Projects are peer review, scored and ranked by subject matter experts against the evaluation criteria in the grant program Request for Applications(RFA). Eligible Promise Zone applicants will receive five priority points as a component of the criteria used to evaluate applications.
How may assistance be used?
Two types of applications will be accepted under the Program: Capacity Building (CB) and Community Development, Training, and Technical Assistance (CDTTA) grants. Applicants cannot be awarded both grant types within the same grant cycle. CB projects are intended to assist applicants in the development, improvement, and expansion of domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, CSA programs, agritourism activities, and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities. CB projects should demonstrate a direct benefit to farm and ranch operations serving local markets (including new and beginning farmers) and maximize the involvement of farmers and ranchers and community organizations. CDTTA projects are intended to support applicants’ efforts to provide outreach, training, and technical assistance to farm and ranch operations serving local markets and other interested parties for developing, improving, and expanding of domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, CSA programs, agritourism activities, and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities. CTA projects should engage a diverse set of local and regional foods stakeholders, including farmers and ranchers, to illustrate a substantive effect on the local and regional food system and stakeholders.
Eligible entities may not use grant funds for the purchase, construction, or rehabilitation of a building or structure.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
AMS uses a variety of monitoring tools to ensure compliance with the legislated authority of the program and 2 CFR 200.
2 CFR part 200, Subpart F - Audit requirements apply.
Recipients must retain financial and other records relating to grant for a period of three years after the final Federal Financial Report (SF-425) is received by the Agricultural Marketing Service or until final resolution of any audit findings or litigation claims relating to this program.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grant payments are made on an as-needed reimbursable basis over the grant period. Advance payments may be requested. Assistance is awarded through a grant agreement. Grant payments are made by electronic fund transfer.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
1400 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20250 US
(Project Grants) FY 18$14,010,000.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$13,965,000.00; FY 16$15,000,000.00; - FY 2018 was the last year for which this grant program had funding available. It has been replaced by the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (10.175).
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Capacity Building (CB) - $50,000-$250,000 Community Development, Training, and Technical Assistance (CDTTA) - $250,000-500,000
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
A request for proposals is announced each year via Federal Register notice, www.grants.gov, and the program web site. Additional information about the Local Food Promotion Program is available at the program web site at www.ams.usda.gov/fmpp.
Examples of Funded Projects